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Hi, I’m Robby Slaughter! I run a Indianapolis speaking and consulting firm. You might think that “productivity” is just about finding ways to get people to do “more with less.” But in actuality, productivity is more closely related to the way we think and feel as well as the passion of the human spirit. We are tremendously productive at work when we are truly engaged in the work we are doing. That’s the message I want to share with you.
Einstein once wrote that “The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.” At work, we face considerable challenges from the very systems that were designed to make our lives easier. Technologies like email, voicemail, corporate Intranets, customer databases create as many frustrations they do anything else. Our open culture of communication enables us to get to know our colleagues better, but also creates emotional ties and interruptions that make it hard to get things done. We have meetings to plan meetings and work longer hours than ever before. If we’re going to change the course of our jobs, we need a radical new perspective on work.
My approach to improvement is primarily based on understanding systems and processes, both in terms of business mechanics as well as human psychology. If we think about our work in terms of steps, sequences, patterns and structures, we are better able to break things down and build them up. We need to think about work the way engineers think about bridges, circuits and locomotives: as interlinking systems with careful tolerances and internal redundancies, but designed by and for people to use and improve upon. The smart way to work is to intentionally and intelligently design our workflow.